About the Program
Welcome to the University of Minnesota Medical Scientist Training Program (MD/PhD)
The University of Minnesota Medical Scientist Training Program is one of 44 MD/PhD programs funded by the National Institutes of Health. We offer students a broad range of scientific training opportunities in 12 different graduate programs, access to clinical training opportunities across the entire Minneapolis-St. Paul metro area and are continually looking for ways to improve our students’ translational educational interests.
Message from the Director
The University of Minnesota Medical Scientist Training Program (MD/PhD) is dedicated to training future leaders in academic medicine who will combine clinical medicine with the discovery of new knowledge through research.
Our integrated training program has been supported since 1988 by a Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP) grant (T32 GM008244) from the National Institutes of Health. The University of Minnesota is one of the largest public research universities in the country and one of only a few university campuses with a Medical School and five other health professional schools.
The Medical Scientist Training Program (MD/PhD) is housed in the Medical School of the University of Minnesota, a top public university hosting a vibrant campus community of over 50,000 students. Our Program will prepare you for a career in academic medicine with a foundation designed to strengthen the connections between health care and scientific discovery. We facilitate training in both clinical medicine and a full range of opportunities in biomedical research, spanning the biological and physical sciences to include epidemiology.
Name: Sakeen Kashem
Research Interests: Studying host pathogen interactions to uncover evolutionary roles of the cutaneous immune system
First Concert: Kanye!
Hometown: Mount Laurel, NJ (suburb of Philadelphia)
Why MN?: Before I chose an MSTP institute, I attended the American Association of Immunologist conference in Baltimore where I was able to meet most of the faculty from the Center of Immunology (CFI). I was impressed by their contribution to science and their approach to tackling the big questions in the field of immunology. Since then, I have continued to be appreciative of the resourcefulness, accessibility and productivity of the CFI. While the CFI continues to produce high quality papers, they also take time to establish a community of collegiality and mentorship with established journal clubs, research in progress, social hours and a top-notch seminar series. Within the CFI, I have many physician-scientist mentors who have helped me in every step of my clinical and scientific training. I believe that the University of Minnesota provides the absolute best training environment for those aspiring to be physician-scientist driven by immunological questions. Similarly, the University of Minnesota Medical School and the state of Minnesota offer a great training environment as well as a good quality of life.
Support the MSTP program by donating to the Martin Dworkin Legacy Fund.
Our giving fund has been renamed in honor of Martin Dworkin, Emeritus Professor and Founding Director of the U of MN Medical Scientist Training Program.
Dr. Dworkin played a pivotal role in the establishment of the University of Minnesota's MD/PhD Program in 1986, serving as the Founding Director and leading the Program to its official designation as an MSTP in 1988. Dr. Dworkin continued to serve as Director until 1997, thereafter providing support as both a mentor for our students and member of our steering committee up until his recent passing. He was an inspiration to MD/PhD students and faculty, and the outstanding Program that we have today is due to Marty's tireless efforts and energy. In honor of his profound impact on the University of Minnesota Medical Scientist Training Program, the MSTP Legacy Fund has been renamed the Martin Dworkin Legacy Fund.
In addition to his contributions to the Program, Dr. Dworkin was a pre-eminent scholar in the field of microbiology who was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences for his research on myxobacteria that helped to illuminate the multi cellular behavior and cell-cell communication between bacteria.